99 days ago, an idea came to me in the sauna. Let’s write 100 blog posts in a 100 days! Get to show off my writing skills! Get to use this fancy Squarespace account that I’ve paid for but never used! I’m a writer, aren’t I? How hard could it be?
Turns out, it was pretty hard. More than once I thought about stopping at well before 100. June 1st seemed so far away, and everything I did was dogged by the question, “Could this be a post?” At a restaurant? Write down the menu descriptions. Reading a newspaper article? Save the link. Watching a movie? Remember when I had which reaction. My life was getting annotated.
It wasn’t long after I started that I realized writing a post a day required some discipline. Shawn Blanc recommended making a note the night before of what to write about the next day. I set up a schedule to spread out topics throughout the week: Wednesday for my photo project, Mondays & Fridays for life habits, Thursday for a classic revisited, etc. It didn’t mean I had to stick to those topics, but it gave some variety and breathing room. Sometimes I had over a week planned out, sometimes only a couple of days.
Some posts were running a little long and had to be split. Not that I didn’t have time to finish them, but I wanted all 100 posts to be roughly the same length, around 300 words (although it was around 200 at the beginning).
On April 18, at the 56-day mark, I discovered the #The100DayProject, which this would have fit into perfectly. Better early than never, I guess!
I am really happy I made it this far, but it’s really just a start, a small marker in a long process of writing and creating. And I wouldn’t have made without being inspired by many amazing people like:
- Elle Luna, who got me to accept what I Must be doing and start doing it
- John Paddington, who unceasingly insisted that I should just write and worry about details later
- Shawn Blanc, who got me to review my priorities and showed that I had plenty of time to write
- Maria Popova, who showed me that you can create beautiful things every day
So what’s next? Well, for a least a couple of days, nothing. Sweet, glorious idleness. Then probably a week or two of playing with templates and formatting, and then I’ll start another project. Maybe a photography one, or even coding, which is another thing that I’ve set aside for way too long.
And there definitely be will be more writing. Longer, deeper, better-researched posts. And fiction? I don’t want to jinx it, but the machine is rumbling, and the more it gets going the harder it is to stop.